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Off-topic & Chat / Re: what happened today?
« on: September 13, 2016, 06:07:09 PM »
Marriage;
The Legend of the Three Rings.

The Engagement Ring.

The Wedding Ring.









And...






the SuffeRING.



Congratulations.

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: WHERE'S MY VOD AT!?!?!?!
« on: August 14, 2016, 02:29:35 AM »
I'm still around.

Still doing what I do.

Thanks be to Amy for keeping this place running.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (The First Spin-Off)
« on: April 23, 2015, 07:07:25 AM »


Apparently, the plot will involve a squadron of rebels going on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans. To tell you the truth, I literally face-palmed when I heard this. This has to be like the tenth story there is about the Death Star plans being stolen. I know that the other stories aren't technically considered canon anymore, but still, come on? Couldn't they think of something more creative? It's nothing spectacular that we haven't seen or heard before. It sounds pretty boring to me.


Interesting thoughts.

I think it comes down to execution.

I have heard it is going to be a heist style movie...which could be particularly enjoyable if it's done right.  There could be a lot of working parts in a plan that audacious.

The jettison of the EU actually does give more creative freedom.  This is case in point; as you have shown yourself with the comment of Pablo Hidalgo.  The theft of the Death Star plans has been so muddled by the EU that it's a joke.   A movie like this will define the events without having to worry about what the EU had to say about it at all.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars Ep. VII and Disney
« on: April 17, 2015, 05:22:41 PM »
Holy Moley.

I'm trying so hard not to have high expectations.

It's one thing to watch the trailer...but to then scroll through the facebook feed and see countless links to sites that are picking it apart frame by frame with speculation on who is so-and-so and what does such-and-such probably mean...

I just skip over that stuff.

I try to remember the hype for Episode I.    The trailer for that was the first thing I ever downloaded to watch.  Took nearly 20 minutes on dial-up...and I watched it every day a few times a day.   So...I was hyped.   

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: For those aspiring to join the military
« on: March 19, 2015, 01:32:36 AM »
Talo...

Are you still heading off to join the Marines?

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: How's life?
« on: March 19, 2015, 01:31:40 AM »
I'm training my second rookie, got a few more nice qualifications under my belt.  Looking toward a future in Forensic work.  If I work hard/ get lucky.  Laying the foundation for it now.

My teenage daughter got her first boyfriend last thanksgiving.  Not happy about that.  Caught them sitting a little too close together.

They've split...now she is with a guy who was 'her best friend'.  This guy is pretty fricken lucky...I totally thought she'd keep him in the 'friend zone'. 

In any case he's afraid of me, (with good reason!!!   >:D ) so..that's nice anyway.


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PC and Console Gaming / Re: Star Wars Humble Bundle
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:08:44 PM »
Okay....

I feel like Homer Simpson here...but...  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i1LFWewbUU  )

What is Steam?







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Off-topic & Chat / Re: what happened today?
« on: March 05, 2015, 09:30:59 AM »
So.  ISIS kinda sucks eh?

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PC and Console Gaming / Re: Star Wars Humble Bundle
« on: March 05, 2015, 09:29:32 AM »
UH....what are we talking about here?

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Forum Feedback / Re: this forum is dead
« on: March 05, 2015, 09:28:30 AM »
That is Not Dead which can Eternal Lie, and with Strange Aeons even Death may Die

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Forum Feedback / Re: this forum is dead
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:41:19 AM »
Force willing...

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Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:55:06 PM »
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mira first thing that came to mind


Well I'll be damned...

Well, no one is perfect.   :)

In reading the link though...it does say she was taken as a 'slave'....but it sounds more like a war child adoption as you read on.  Perhaps the article is written from the point of view of an aruetii , where the Mando custom of war adoption might seem to be like taken as a slave.

Going through basic training as a 4 or 5 year old doesn't sound particularly fun.  

Any links to mandos keeping house slaves to do the menial labour and such?  Multi-generational slave caste?

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Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:32:08 PM »
Keeping slaves?
Contrary to Mandalorian ethos?

Clearly, someone forgot about the Wars...

Mandos were slavers??

Kal always seemed very repulsed at the very thought of a slave army.

Was that just him?

Do you have any references?

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Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:30:10 PM »
My problem was with your description of women in biker culture. It is not a positive role.



Agreed.
 It is not a positive. 
My only reason for including it at all was because I personally was surprised that it was not depicted as negative as I had originally believed.

It is like saying that ice water is warm;

It is only warm compared to something like liquid nitrogen, so...

When making a list of warm things...then I should just leave ice water off the list completely.

Like I left the racism off the list.  I understood outlaw bikers to be racist...and they generally are, even if the show makes an effort to minimize it; ie no blacks allowed.

We can all accept that mandos aren't inherently a racist culture.

In any case, I apologize for any offense.  None was intended.


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Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:59:09 AM »
That sounds like a wookiepedia writer's interpretation. There are no actual sources for any of that. Mando men also had to know how to cook and take care of their young children and home if the women were away. Mandalorians are big on family, and practically that means that males take on "female roles" as much as the females take on "male roles" - there's no other way for that concept to work. Consider how many single Mando dads we know, and how seriously they take their parenting responsibilities. Yet somehow this isn't seen as "emasculating" or "doing a woman's job"... imagine that, get rid of gender roles in a society and osik like that goes away too.

Sorry, I don't think any society that puts such huge role limitations on women should even be mentioned in the same breath as the Mandos. Just because women may not be "treated as property as was traditionally thought" doesn't mean they are respected as autonomous people. They are subservient. Just because some women like that role doesn't make it any less a role, or an insult.

Sigh. I'm never going to be able to watch SoA after this thread. I honestly feel like you're trying to tell me (and all women) that as long as you aren't treating me like property, it's more or less the same as considering me an equal. "Why would you want all those 'rights' anyways?" :grr:


Well that might be fan edit in wikipedia. but you cannot tell me that I am completely out of it and 'on crack' because it's been there for a long time and no one has bothered to change or remove it.  So I take comfort in apparently not being the only person who thought it was an acceptable premise.  Any cultural write up is by definition going to be broad, with many case example that deviate from the norm.

Ie it says nothing about raising a clone of yourself in mando culture...but it happened at least once.


Geeze Amy; lighten up please.  You are really looking at it with a glass half empty. I'm excited to see similarities.  You are repulsed by differences.

  By your standards there is NOTHING that you can use to compare mandalorians in our real life.  NOTHING.

Not even the Celts Karen supposedly originally used for inspiration for the Mandalorian culture could pass through your narrow view;

They kept slaves, which is particularly un-mandalorian and according to wiki: (which one has to take at face value unless one wasnts to become a historian oneself).

There are instances recorded where women participated both in warfare and in kingship, although they were in the minority in these areas. Plutarch reports that Celtic women acted as ambassadors to avoid a war among Celts chiefdoms in the Po valley during the 4th century BC.[88]

Very few reliable sources exist regarding Celtic views towards gender divisions and societal status, though some archaeological evidence does suggest that their views towards gender roles may differ from contemporary and less egalitarian classical counterparts of the Roman era.[89][90]
There are some general indications from Iron Age burial sites in the Champagne and Bourgogne regions of Northeastern France suggesting that women may have had roles in combat during the earlier La Tène period. However, the evidence is far from conclusive.[91] Examples of individuals buried with both female jewellery and weaponry have been identified, such as the Vix Grave, and there are questions about the gender of some skeletons that were buried with warrior assemblages. However, it has been suggested that "the weapons may indicate rank instead of masculinity".[92]




Among the insular Celts, there is a greater amount of historic documentation to suggest warrior roles for women. In addition to commentary by Tacitus about Boudica, there are indications from later period histories that also suggest a more substantial role for "women as warriors", in symbolic if not actual roles. Posidonius and Strabo described an island of women where men could not venture for fear of death, and where the women ripped each other apart.[93] Other writers, such as Ammianus Marcellinus and Tacitus, mentioned Celtic women inciting, participating in, and leading battles.[94] Poseidonius' anthropological comments on the Celts had common themes, primarily primitivism, extreme ferocity, cruel sacrificial practices, and the strength and courage of their women.[95]

Under Brehon Law, which was written down in early Medieval Ireland after conversion to Christianity, a woman had the right to divorce her husband and gain his property if he was unable to perform his marital duties due to impotence, obesity, homosexual inclination or preference for other women.


Hardly conclusive of a historical society where the only difference between a man and a woman were their genitals.

In any case, I like the comparison to the outlaw biker culture, even if I personally detest outlaw bikers in real life.  They are kinda not my kind of people, and a far cry from the romanticized TV versions.

You don't have to like that I like the comparison.

I'm currently doing an RP based on the feel of SoA for a Mandalorian based game and you can rest assured that the women are very well represented as equals.  In fact each clan has two leaders; a Patriarch balanced by a Matriarch, with a vice for each.



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Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:26:09 AM »
Sorry, major sore spot for me, I can't say nothing.

If women in motorcycle gangs are only allowed into the culture because of their men, they don't ride, and they have no actual say in the runnings of things (having influence over a husband DOES NOT COUNT), then there is absolutely ZERO in common with the very-egalitarian Mandalorians. Mando women do not need a man in order to be accepted within the clan/culture, and they certainly don't need 'protecting'. They are actual people and are treated as such, not just 'accessories'. Mandos don't have gender roles.

Honestly, you must be on crack to see any similarities in this regard.

Hey, I never said it was a perfect match.  In my very first post I said it was not.

AS far as women, the quotes given I had listed above are just to show that women are not treated as property as was traditionally thought.

Yes Mandalorians are very egalitarian, but not completely identical in role.  They still have some gender divisions.

Gender meant little in Mandalorian society, and there was scarcely any distinction present in their language. Males and females were on equal footing, although they often took different roles. Mandalorian males were all expected to be warriors, and were responsible for training their sons to be the same. Females were expected to have the same martial skills as males, and were responsible for the training of daughters. They were also expected to be able to cook, and to care for any young children and their home if the men were away. But if they had no children dependent on them, females would fight side-by-side with the men on the battlefield.

From the wookieepedia entry.  Bold added for emphasis.

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: How's life?
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:52:24 PM »


Nah.  Mostly glazed or with sprinkles.






 8)

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: How's life?
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:58:17 AM »

I'm still in that organization I was in.  Let's call it...the Sector Rangers.  (The actual organization is starting to really deter any un-approved forms of internet reference lately. Public relations stuff.)

I'm getting a new recruit next month that I'll be evaluating for the following year.  A 'padawan' of sorts.

I'm looking into branching out and specializing in forensic evidence collection once that's done.  In the meantime...it's traffic enforcement on the hyperspace lanes, serving and protecting the citzenry.

And space doughnuts.

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: For those aspiring to join the military
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:47:09 AM »
All the best!


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